Ed Hutcheson, tough editor of the New York 'Day', finds that the late owner's heirs are selling the crusading paper to a strictly commercial rival. At first he sees impending unemployment as an opportunity to win back his estranged wife Nora. But when a reporter, pursuing a lead on racketeer Rienzi, is badly beaten, Hutcheson is stung into a full fledged crusade against the gangster, hoping Rienzi can be tied to a woman's murder...in the 3 issues before the end of 'The Day.' Written by
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" Yes . . . and Capone was in the Insurance business"
The idea of being a real live reporter or for that matter, a newspaper editor never crossed the mind of Humphrey Bogart who plays Ed Hutcheson. Yet when you watch this film, he is so superb, you'd think he's done it all his life. This is the story of ' The Day ' perhaps the finest newspaper on the East coast. It's 1,500 people who daily work for it, produce top notch news stories and none more poignant than it current interest, the life of suspected criminal, Thomas Renzi. A man so powerful, he believes himself untouchable. Although a congressional investigation and a state probe could not prove anything in the way of illegal criminal dealings, few are courageous enough to challenge him. That is until, Renzi's mobsters ambush and nearly kill one George Burrows, (Warren Stevens) an investigative reporter for The Day. That's when Hutcheson and his staff, which includes, editorial Assistant Frank Allen (Ed Begley) decides to scrutinize and put Renzi's life on the front page. The gangster and the editor both have power, but which will win out makes for a tense dramatic movie. Set in the 1950's, this black and white film will inspire many a journalist to set their sights to be as great as the day. ****
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